RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Robert Reiners, President
10105 N Spades Rd
Sunman, IN 47041
608 Clearview Lane
Versailles, IN 47042
P.O. Box 66
Friendship, IN 47021
Meetings begin at 7:00am at the Highway Garage and at 8:00am in the Commissioner's meeting room located in the Annex Building
Commissioner's Meeting Minutes
Minutes prepared by Bill Wager, Ripley County Auditor Minutes are unofficial until approved at the next Commissioners Meeting.
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Robert Reiners, Mark Busching, Gary Stutler, and Auditor William Wagner were in attendance for the meeting.
Bridge #112 was discussed. The preliminary ok from the Army Corp of Engineers has been received subject to verification the bridge is not a historical structure.
Cost of the boring and engineering for the project was $14,900.00 from Schroeder and Associates. Sand blasting has been held up due to the weather. It has been determined that additional beams will be needed.
The need to replace some dump trucks was discussed and it was decided to include the cost of purchasing new dump trucks in the 2014 budget for consideration.
The need to develop a schedule to repair or replace bridges in the future was discussed. This may require a request for funds in the 2014 budget.
The retirement of a grader operator effective July 19, 2013 was discussed. The position has been posted internally.
The disposal of the old pickup trucks was discussed and it was decided they would be advertised and sealed bids taken.
With no further business to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the Annex meeting room. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler seconded. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag.
Commissioners Reiners, Stutler, and Busching were present as well as County Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner.
Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:18:56
Mr. Lohrum advised the landscaping company had requested a list of steps be taken to insure the landscaping and grass would be kept alive and growing. He did not understand some of the requirements and was advised to call the landscapers for instruction.
He also advised the file cabinets on the second floor landing had been moved to storage.
EMS-Mr. Jim Corbin 8:28:22
Mr. Corbin presented employment applications for Mr. Craig Whitham and Mr. Matthew Morrow for review and approval. After review Commissioner Busching moved to approve them both with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Corbin announced payments from Medicare for the inter facility transfers have started to be received. So far over $73,000.00 has been received.
He also advised the commissioners that combined 911 and inter facility transfer runs had exceeded 1400 for the year.
Veterans Office—Mr. Ken Hylton 8:36:00
Mr. Hylton requested the use of the west hallway to set up the Veteran Women’s Health Fair since the meeting room was in use the same day. This request was granted.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:37:33
Ms. Vollet advised the monitor in the entry could be hooked up to the internet through a computer connection to provide weather and news at no charge. She had obtained a quote from Direct TV for $39.95 per month and a set up fee of $49.00 to provide the same.
Commissioner Stutler moved to use the laptop internet connection with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed unanimously.
Ms. Vollet advised there was a problem with an alarm being triggered on the boiler system which was Koch Mechanical’s responsibility and they had been notified.
Also a drop box for payments had been ordered for $890.00 installation would be the county responsibility.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 8:37:20
Mr. Corbin presented the commissioners with his job description for review. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the description with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
He advised the commissioners of the status of the payment deferral for Rescue 69. He also stated that the EMS Department would be added to the county website for the public to obtain information.
Assessor—Ms. Shawna Bushhorn 8:43:00
Ms. Bushhorn thanked the commissioners for the approval of the software changeover for her office. She reported the new software was working so well it allowed the procedures to be done in a few hours compared to several weeks before the change to the new system.
Health Dept.—Mr. Tony Schneider 8:53:00
Mr. Schneider presented an application for the Environmental Health Assistant position from Ms. Marilia Sinigaglia for review. After review Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Schneider advised the commissioners that the land where the Delaware Fire Department’s new building is being built had been approved by the State for a regular septic system.
Sheriff Department—Major Dave Pippin and Mr. Paul Wells 8:59:00
Mr. Wells presented the commissioners with a list of parts needed for inventory for various repairs that he wanted to keep on hand. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request for $577.56 with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed unanimously.
Major Pippin advised they had a 2009 and 2007 Crown Vic that had been taken from service and questioned the procedure to dispose of them. Attorney Ertel advised him of the Statute for sale of equipment and advised to get estimated values of the vehicles. If under $5000.00 total for the two a private sale could be conducted and a quote received could be used. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the sale of the vehicles and accept the bid from Tom Tepe if the values conformed to Statute 5-22-22-6. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
He advised a 2009 Charger had been involved in a crash with a deer and was being repaired. Also the annual jail inspection was due 8/13/2013 and he invited any of the commissioners to attend.
Major Pippin then requested the commissioners consider setting a price for the use of deputies for off duty details and the price of the use of the car for these details. The commissioners advised they would consider. The commissioners discussed they did not want to set a price for the deputies as this was not county business if the details were done on their off time and they were not being paid by the county. They would discuss further the cost to reimburse the county for the use of county equipment in these details. These decisions will be made at a later meeting.
Circuit Court—Judge Carl Taul 9:28:45
Judge Taul presented the commissioners with a request to consider creating a public defender board which would allow the county to be reimbursed approximately $50,000.00 per year for indigent defense services. He requested an Ordinance be prepared and passed to allow the creation of this board to be eligible for reimbursement from the Public Defense Fund.
Attorney Ertel took the information to prepare an Ordinance for the commissioners’ review and action.
Judge Taul advised his vacation schedule and stated this would be a good time for the construction of the evidence locker as it would not disrupt the working of his office.
Region 15 Child Advocate—Ms. Sarah Brichto
Ms. Brichto informed the commissioners her organization worked with children to obtain statements and testimony from abused children. She requested the commissioners consider funding for her organization for the 2014 budget. The commissioners advised they would take it under advisement.
County Council Member Ed Armbrecht spoke to the commissioners concerning the rate for the PERF contribution. He stated the State Legislature had passed legislation allowing the counties to be blended together which may or may not coincide with the contracts the county has with PERF. He requested their permission to research further and was granted permission.
Ripley County Highway—Mr. Owen Heaton 9:55:50
Mr. Heaton advised the commissioners the engineering plans for Bridge #112 would be in the county possession by 7/12/2013.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with the request from Bruns Gutzwiller for final payment on the annex construction along with the release of the retainage funds. After discussion, Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Auditor Wagner also presented a letter from Frontier for a claim of damage to a 50 pair buried cable and pedestal in the area of 700E and 200N, Milan occurring from county highway personnel mowing the right-of-ways. This will be forwarded to the insurance carrier.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes and claim as presented. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget along with the minutes of the June 24, 2013 meeting.
With no further business to come before the commissioners, Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
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